Because her mother had to work 14-hour days to support Mary Kay and her ailing father, little Mary Kay had to take on responsibilities well beyond her years. Recognized today as America's greatest woman entrepreneur, Mary Kay created new opportunities for women around the world. But where would she find such a product? Built by a Woman, for Women For Mary Kay Ash, it was always mission possible. Fed up with being passed over, Ash joined the direct-sales firm World Gift Co. This site invites you to celebrate her remarkable story. I was determined to be prepared, to be open to new opportunities, to be ready to change my plan and to be smart enough to know a great opportunity. Fortune magazine recognized the company as one of The 100 Best Companies to Work for in America and also named Mary Kay Inc.
Unfortunately, she also earned the wrath of many of her friends who accused her of selling them a product they didn't really need. As a committed daughter, wife, mother and an employer, she was always sustained by her deep and abiding faith in God. However, one month before Mary Kay and George started Beauty by Mary Kay, as the company was then called, George died of a heart attack. Early Life And Childhood Ash was born on 12 May 1918 in Hot Wells, Texas. Ryan Rogers More Mary Kay Quotes:. Ash remained active in Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc. However, Ash became disillusioned with her work as her success did not bring any promotion opportunities or even praise from her superiors.
Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, one of the largest beauty products firms in the United States, Ash sold a child psychology book door to door in the late 1930s and then was a sales representative and manager at the Stanley Home Products Co. They became so firmly implanted in my mind that they became the theme of my childhood and of my life. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. That is how we learn and grow. A long-time fundraiser for charities, she founded the to raise money to combat and cancers affecting women.
She brought home straight As and won every competition of public speaking. But even though she quickly became a top sales producer, she watched in frustration as men who had less talent and knowledge were promoted ahead of her. So, in 1963, she put her plan into action. Wanda Langley, Mary Kay Ash: Beauty Queen As the years passed, I began to understand how much importance Mary Kay placed on the art of listening, on treating people like she would want to be treated, on doing well by doing good. Throughout each chapter, she lends her life experiences to offer guidance for anyone who wishes to succeed. Energetic and a quick learner, Ash found that direct sales suited her well. The first of these was her autobiography, Mary Kay.
Ash was named Mary Kathlyn Wagner by her parents, Edward Alexander and Lula Wagner. This was a rather remarkable feat, considering 10 sets was the three-month quota for the company's most accomplished salespeople. To learn more, visit From the book:. In 1985, the company's board decided to take the company private again after seventeen years as a public company. I believe that each of us has God-given talents within us waiting to be brought to fruition. Deciding to take an early retirement, Ash set out to write a guide to help other women avoid the pitfalls she'd faced in the male-dominated corporate world.
Mary Kay Ash: An Iconic Leader Mary Kay Ash was ahead of her time, all the time. If you give nothing, even if it is multiplied, you receive nothing. Ash attended Dow Elementary School and in Houston, and graduated in 1934. The company quickly expanded and was making a million dollars within two short years. She changed the world of business by creating more opportunities for women, built a company guided by her values and empowered women by putting them in control of their own future. I led the start-up teams for Mary Kay Ukraine, Mary Kay Kazakhstan and Mary Kay Poland — all of which have become successful markets for Mary Kay. Mary Kay Ash Biography, Life, Interesting Facts Mary Kay Ash was an American businesswoman who founded the Mary Kay cosmetics line.
When she reviewed the lists, she realized she had created a marketing plan for a dream company. It is part of life. Ash 1966 - 1980 his death Children Richard Rogers Ben Rogers Jr Marylin Reed Website Mary Kay Ash May 12, 1918 — November 22, 2001 was an American businesswoman and founder of , Inc. It was through hard work, passion and a determination to succeed that have led to my role as President of the Europe Region today. Mary Kay is truly a success story, one that has inspired many! Doretha Dingler, In Pink Of course, Mary Kay had to live up to her mother's belief in her and her abilities. With three children to support, Ash was forced to make Stanley Home Products her full-time career. While her second husband dealt with the legal and financial matters, Ash recruited a sales force of nine of her friends.